The pledge calls for a ban on non-applied research and monkey importation. (Image: Jim Deka/CC)

UK politician pledge would ban 89% of animal research, say scientists

31-Mar-2015 - British MPs have signed an anti-animal cruelty pledge which scientists warn would “cripple” disease research and outlaw 89% of preclinical animal research.

Columbia Labs' new tech could allow delivery of large molecules intra-vaginally

Columbia Labs adds intra-vaginal ring tech and drug delivery pioneers

31-Mar-2015 - Columbia Laboratories has licensed a technology for delivering peptides using an intra-vaginal ring developed by MIT scientist Robert Langer.

EMA to focus on supply chains and using trade deals to push standards

EMA: TTIP and inspection databases a way of improving global manufacturing standards

31-Mar-2015 - Ensuring drugs, APIs and excipients are safe will be a focus for the EMA, which says it will explore supplier inspection databases and using trade deals like TTIP to promote GMP standards globally.

Prof Sir John Bell will join Immunocore's board.

Science advisor to David Cameron joins Immunocore board

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RFRA Indianapolis Protests - 2015 - picture credit Justin Eagan

Lilly says Indy Religious Freedom law is discriminatory and may hamper cancer and AD drug development

30-Mar-2015 - Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law is discriminatory and will make it harder to attract the staff needed to develop drugs for cancer and Alzheimer's disease according to Eli Lilly.

Sun Pharma closes deal to acquire Ranbaxy for $4bn

No more waiting for the Sun: FTC approves $4bn Ranbaxy acquisition

30-Mar-2015 - Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has completed its $4bn (€3.7bn) acquisition of Ranbaxy after receiving the thumbs up from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

San Diego plays host to SOT, CROs and PETA

PETA joins preclinical CROs at SOT to promote animal testing alternatives

27-Mar-2015 - Testing the toxicity of drug candidates in animals is archaic and unreliable according to PETA, which joined preclinical CROs at SOT to put forward alternatives.

Aarti banned from exporting drugs to US

Aarti says US FDA has not detailed GMP problems that earned it an import ban

27-Mar-2015 - Aarti Drugs says the US FDA has not provided details of observations that earned its E-22 facility in Tarapur, India an import ban.

US FDA rejects Amgen Citizen Petition

US FDA rejects Amgen bid to force biosims firms to share info before review

27-Mar-2015 - Biosimilar firms seeking US approval will not have to commit to share manufacturing data with reference drug firms before reviews, after the FDA rejected Amgen’s request for such a rule.

Capsugel invests in vegetarian capsules

Capsugel invests in vegetarian capsules citing demand for lower moisture content and API cross-linking risk

26-Mar-2015 - Capsugel will invest $25m (€22m) to expand production of vegetarian-friendly drug and food supplement capsules.

The Good Distribution Practices guidelines for active ingrdients were two years in the making. (Image: Nicholas Raymond/CC)

‘Game changer’: latest GDP rules spell full traceability for APIs

26-Mar-2015 - Makers and distributors of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) will have to track their products throughout the supply chain and meet rules on cold chain transport and outsourcing under revised guidance from the European Commission.

Catalent gets another Zydis licensee

Biohaven opts for Zydis delivery tech for anxiety pill

26-Mar-2015 - Biohaven Pharmaceutical has created a melt in the mouth anxiety drug using formulation technology licensed from Catalent.

The latest developments in drug excipients: Exclusive online event

The latest developments in drug excipients: Exclusive online event

25-Mar-2015 - Want the latest market information, and scientific insights in the pharmaceutical excipients market? Then join us at our free online event, Excipients Innovations 2015.

The European Commission's guidance on GMP for excipients was published this week. (Image: Dan Brady/Creative Commons)

GMP for excipients: new EU rules on raw materials, packaging, tracking

25-Mar-2015 - The European Commission has published guidelines on GMP excipients after a two-year consultation.

Reliance on mouse beta cells a thing of the past?

AstraZeneca teams with Harvard to make human beta cells for drug screening

25-Mar-2015 - Sourcing human beta cells may soon no longer be a challenge for AstraZeneca diabetes researchers thanks to a new partnership with stem cell scientists at Harvard University.

Novasep site in Seneffe, Belgium

Novasep joins Lonza as Mydicar API producer in deal with Celladon

25-Mar-2015 - Novasep and Lonza will both make the API for Celladon's heart attack therapy, Mydicar.

AbbVie is expanding its facilities in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.

AbbVie bucks Puerto Rico departure trend with $30m expansion

25-Mar-2015 - AbbVie is investing $30m (€27m) in contract manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico and plans to create 100 jobs over the next two years.

FDA plans new approach to manufacturer inspections in India

FDA plans new approach to manufacturer inspections in India

24-Mar-2015 - Several FDA officials are currently visiting India and meeting with manufacturer CEOs and government officials to discuss the way the agency’s inspections are expected to change over time.

Growing elderly population an excipients sector growth driver

Growth with aid of Grey: Elderly folks to drive excipients sector, study

24-Mar-2015 - Demand for pensioner friendly pills will be an important growth driver for the drug excipients sector according to new analysis.

The US is experiencing a shortage of drugs for lethal injection

Lethal injection drug shortage brings return of firing squad in Utah

24-Mar-2015 - Utah will allow execution by firing squad as European pharmaceutical companies refuse to provide drugs for lethal injection.